Letter: Update on Open Meeting Law Complaint vs. County Commissioners

From County Commissioner Ron Beaty


The Open Meeting Law Complaint against the Barnstable County Commissioners, and all related materials, were forwarded by postal mail yesterday to the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Open Government. 

The AG"s Office was formallly requested to review, investigate, and issue an official determination on the matter. 

It is my belief that the AG will rule that most, if not all, of the alleged Open Meeting Law violations did indeed take place, and will order appropriate remedial action forthwith. 

Such action will likely include the release of Executive Session minutes (pertaining to the lawsuit settlement between the Town of Barnstable and Barnstable County) since there would not be any legally allowable reason to continue withholding them from the public if the executive session meeting itself has been ruled illegal.

Protecting the public's right to know, and promoting open, transparent and accountable government are of paramount importance for elected public officials, at least fir me it is. 

Thank you.


Ron Beaty 

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